This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

67.0% probability

of automation

12.0% growth

projected to 2026

10,400 employed

currently in the US

$94,840 annual wage

US, median ($45.6 hourly)

What they do

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 67.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 371 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 10,400 people have this job. They earn $94,840 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $986,336,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $45.6.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 12.0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 11,700 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).